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The UN-REDD Programme hosted a side event at COP22 in Marrakesh for South-South exchange between REDD+ countries on reference levels and results reporting.

Honduras, Nepal and Papua New Guinea presented their Forest Reference (Emission) Level (FREL/FRL) that they plan to submit to the UNFCCC for verification in January 2017. Costa Rica and Malaysia, two advanced countries that have already submitted a FREL/FRL to the UNFCCC and completed the technical assessment processes during the past years provided feedback and advice. Malaysia also presented the REDD+ results they submitted to the UNFCCC to provide a perspective on the next steps. The country presentations were given by Mr Gewa Gamoga, Climate Change Development Authority, Papua New Guinea; Mr Singhu Dunghana, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal; Mr Saddy Pineda, Climate Change Department of the Forest Conservation, Protected Areas and Wildlife Institute, Honduras; Mr Javier Fernandez-Vega, advisor of Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica; and Ms Elisabeth Philip, Climate Change Programme, Forest Research Institute, Malaysia. FAO’s ADG Mr René Castro opened the event with some key notes, highlighting the existing momentum for REDD+ through the increasing number of FREL/FRL submissions, the first REDD+ results that have been reported, forests prominently mentioned in the Paris Agreement and REDD+ finance being a central theme in the latest Green Climate Fund board meeting.

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Delegates from a range of REDD+ countries engaged in the discussions that followed. These focused on the technical capacity needed and the importance of long-term investment in countries’ technical expertise on measurement reporting and verification. A key issue in the discussion was the need to ensure consistency over time (between FREL/FRLs and REDD+ results reported) and with the GHG inventory reporting. The exchange also focused on other technical issues, e.g., the use of IPCC default values, efforts to develop national emission factors and approaches to deal with displacement of emissions. The event closed with Mr René Castro calling for countries to keep up the REDD+ momentum.



Photo: Mr Gewe Gamoga from the Climate Change Development Authority of Papua New Guinea presents the country’s proposed Forest Reference Level (photo by Alfred Rungol)

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